AP city administrator resigns

Third to quit post in a year

Sunday Times Newspapers

ALLEN PARK – Another city administrator has stepped down.

City Administrator John Zech tendered his resignation Jan. 27 and said he planned to work at the city hall until Feb. 1.

“I’ve been here five months, I’ve tried to help the city and I don’t think I’m being as effective as I could be,” Zech said. “In the best interest of the city and myself, it’s best if I step down and they bring someone else in that perhaps will be more compatible with City Council.”

The departure of Zech is the third such vacancy for the position in a year. Eric Waidelich left the position in February 2011 after four years, followed by David Tamsen, who resigned in August after seven months.

Human Resources Director Don Wood is to fill the post on an interim basis.

Zech, 62, who began the position in August, originally came out of retirement to help the financially struggling city until the November general election. His contract was extended until December, after which motions to discuss it were taken off the agenda at subsequent City Council meetings.